My house is totally at sixes and sevens. I’ve started pulling out clothes to take on my trip next week to Atlanta where I’ll attend the RWA National Conference. Because of some pesky weight gain, it has been a major chore to find what to wear. Ugh! There’s a pile of electronic stuff and bookmarks and a ton of cosmetics and hair products that must be packed, too.
On Wednesday, July 17, in the afternoon, I’ll attend the Faith, Hope & Love meeting and awards presentation. Heart of Gold is a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Then in the evening, I’ll be joining over 400 other romance authors for an autographing where all the proceeds go to literacy. It’s open to the public, so if you’re in the Atlanta area, you should come. It’s from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Marriott Marquis.
On Friday evening, the Oklahoma Chapter of RWA will be presenting their National Readers Choice Award. Heart of Gold is a finalist. Sadly, I will miss the ceremony because of conflicting obligations.
Finally on Saturday is the big RWA awards ceremony where Golden Hearts and RITA Awards will be passed out to the winners. It is two hours of glitz and glamor, laughter and tears, on par with the Oscars. Betrayal is a RITA finalist in the Inspirational category, along with seven other great books by great authors.
In addition to the above, there will be dozens of workshops and lots of networking, and I have meetings with folks from my publishing house and with my agent. It will be exhausting and great fun, all at the same time.
I’ll post photos to my Facebook page as I’m able, and will try to post to this blog as well.
Good news! I finished my new novella today (what will be my 71st release when it comes out next summer). I’ll use this weekend to proof and polish it so it is ready to go to my editor on Monday morning. Whew. Feels good to type The End once again.
And I have started the first book in a new historical romance series. So excited about these books!
I’ll be home for a few days from Atlanta, and then it is off to my annual brainstorming retreat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My favorite event of the year.
If you don’t hear much from me, now you know the reason why.